A new interactive exhibit exploring the life of MLK Jr (Martin Luther King Jr.) will be featured in Epic Games’ popular Fortnite video game.
A Cary video game company is working on a virtual exhibition the company said will replicate Washington, D.C., circa 1963, when King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on the Lincoln Memorial steps.
During MLk Jr (King)’s iconic speech, delivered during the black liberation movement, the company worked with King’s estate to put together the virtual event.
Epic Games has scheduled MLK Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech as part of its virtual event for Fortnite
The “I Have a Dream” speech by King was delivered in Washington, D.C., on January 30, 1961, the same day the exhibit opened. This event happened as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
Organizers are collaborating with Time Magazine, who created a “March Through Time” virtual exhibit last year commemorating MLK Jr.
Fortnite users will be able to interact with the exhibit through virtual minigame quests and museum-inspired points of interest, according to Epic.
A number of people on social media expressed derision over the decision, saying King’s speech was not serious enough to be broadcast. Several people uploaded videos of themselves dancing in front of a screen showing the “I Have a Dream” speech on Fortnite.
Yet MLK Jr’s inspirational words were the focus of a tweet from Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney.
A tweet from Sweeney noted that the March Through Time includes a 17-minute speech by King from 1963. The last 3 minutes of the video are inspiring, but not everyone has heard the commentary and call to action that precede it.”
Fortnite’s social aspect makes it more than just a competitive game, as Epic is trying to make it more than just a game. Players have viewed concerts and movies inside the game in the past using their avatars to attend events.
A discussion of race in America was hosted by Van Jones last summer at Epic following the murder of George Floyd, and speakers included Jemele Hill and Killer Mike.